The younger of the two boys couldn't take away his nervous gaze of the lonely road even for a second, standing there, outside his new house and waiting for the yellow bus to arrive.
His green backpack was hanging on his thin shoulder, while his older brother stood by his side, chipping his nose and looking to the sky.
"Look brother , that cloud is foot-shaped! " Smiled the older boy, pointing his finding with childlike enthusiasm. "And that one looks like a cow! ". He went on and on , naming more figures that he alone was capable to find in the clouds, and even came to mention one that supposedly resembled a beautiful model from the catwalk "Do you see, little brother? Do you see? "
"I would be able to see them if they did not exist only inside your stupid imagination ,Thor", replied the younger lad , rolling his eyes and reluctantly putting up with the strong pat his big brother gave him on the shoulder " And how can you be so relaxed ? Behave, just for once! "
Thor was already seventeen years old, so why the hell should he act as if he was five?.
That was a question that Loki asked to himself every day, of every month, of every year, and he hadn't found an answer yet. And even if he had, Loki doubted that would make any difference on his big brother immature behaviour, who enjoyed watching cartoons at noon and falling asleep in class.
Meanwhile, Loki, with just fifteen years of age , was as responsible, serious and mature as a young adult.
How could two brothers be so different?
Maybe it was just a bad joke of genetics, concluded Loki sometimes, especially the times when he returned home and Thor would always welcome him by playfully tackling him to the ground, laughing and twisting his arm while asking Loki how his day had been.
"Aw, looks like someone woke up a little grumpy this morning... "Said Thor to his brother with a fake pout. He then grabbed Loki's head with one of his burly arms and started to ruff his black hair."Chill, Loki, do not bitter your day this early. Come on, smile and be happy, as they say in that chocolate chip cookies commercial! Mmm, now that I mention it, I think I still got a few inside my backpack..."
"Let me go now, you mindless caveman! " Growled Loki, trying to escape the grip of the arm of his brother, but his efforts were all in vain. It was like a rabbit trying to break free from the clutches of a huge grizzly bear.
Thor ,meanwhile, ignored the claims of his little brother and was very focused eating the chocolate biscuits, which had actually been kept in his backpack for about three or four weeks, at least.
"Do you want one, Loki? " Thor offered ,smiling and spitting crumbs in the face of his brother whenever he spoke "They are kind of stale, and have a bit of moss, but they taste great, yes sir! Much better than the food that is served in cafeterias ...or dad's cooking. "
"You're an idiot! " Replied Loki, starting to lose his patience.
When he finally managed to free himself from his brother, he wiped away the cookie's crumbles on his face with the sleeve of his shirt. He then passed a hand through his head and was enraged to discover that his hair was all disheveled. And if that wasn't enough , his older brother also had caused him to throw his backpack , and now all his pencils and notebooks were scattered on the floor " THOR! "
Loki glared at his brother with his sharp, green eyes, but Thor only laughed at his little brother's tantrum. A few seconds later, the bus finally arrived to pick them up.
"HURRY LOKI, THE LAST ONE IS A ROTTEN BEETLE! "Thor announced with enthusiasm, getting on the bus and pushing a kneeled Loki ,who was collecting and storing all of his school supplies back to his backpack, to a side .
Loki was stunned for a moment, then he stood up slowly, watching how Thor smiled at him from the bus' window as the rest of the students and even the bus' driver looked at him with mocking grins and low laughs.
He could not believe it... not even a minute had passed and Thor had already managed to embarrass him in front of everyone.
Wasn't the duty of younger siblings to embarrass older siblings, and not vice versa?
Loki sighed and got on the bus, and thanks to the bad luck which seemed to follow him that day, he found out that the only seat available in the whole bus was the one next to his older brother. That meant Loki would have to listen all the way to his new school to the talkative and incoherent conversations of Thor. All of them related to food, sports, girls in bikini and television programs.
It was just another normal day in the life of Loki, a lad as smart and cunning as squalid and weak , and his older brother Thor, a noble and kind hearted guy, restless as a puppy and with a brain with the size of a pea, but with the brute force of a Titan.
Just another pair of brothers in the world, complements of each other.
Probably, a little too complementary.
When the bus reached its destination, Thor was the first one to get off, running towards the school, taking Loki with him by grabbing Loki by collar of his shirt .
"Oh yeah, our first day in this new school, brother!" announced Thor happily, rising his arms . "Aren't you excited, Loki? . Loki? .Hey, Loki? ...Yoohoo, Loki... "
"Oops, sorry Loki, I forgot I was holding you "Thor apologized ,opening his hand and releasing his brother.
Loki fell to the floor on his back and began to pant, trying to catch his breath until he realized that the others were looking at him , with surprised expressions on their faces. Fleetingly, he stood up as if nothing had happened and cleared his throat his throat, feeling how his face was slightly flushed.
"Thor, we must put things clear from this instant" Loki indicated gravely "In this new school, everyone has a neutral opinion of us due our status as newcomers, and they are even unaware that we are brothers. And contrary to what happened in our previous school, this time I am unwilling to let them categorize me as the brother of a complete idiot , and make my life miserable for it. I've been locked inside lockers and have my head soaked and flushed in toilets enough times, believe me. So, you know what I mean by all this, Thor? "
Thor blinked a few times and scratched his head after hearing Loki. The lost stare in Thor's blue eyes almost led Loki to believe that his brother had not understood anything of what he had said... as usual.
But to the surprise of Loki, Thor suddenly turned very serious and placed a hand on his shoulder. He was acting strangely comprehensive, Loki could tell.
"Ah, I understand very well what you mean, little brother ... "declared Thor, looking very shocked and nodding slowly over and over again, for the astonishment of Loki. "You are asking me to protect you from bullies, but you also fear for my well-being, and therefore, you prefer to maintain our status of brothers as a secret to avoid me problems! Oh, brother, you are so considerate! Come, give me a hug! "
"No, moron, that's not what I ...! "
But Loki silenced when Thor hugged him so strongly that a bone in Loki's spine creaked.
"Don't worry, Loki, this time, I promise not to let any bully bother you for being so skinny, weak and small! No offense... "Continued Thor, so loudly he could be heard throughout the school "From now on, I will be the most protective older brother of the whole world, or at least the whole city! CITYWIDE! YES! -
"Shut up, you are making us look as maniacs!" Loki scolded Thor , covering the mouth of his brother with one hand .
"Damn," muttered Loki in his mind, "Why was I not an only child?"
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